Show off you are an early adopter of WordPress by displaying a message showing what version you are running (alpha, beta, release candidate and/or stable versions).


Latest version: Download BNS Early Adopter v1.1 [zip]


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Shortcode: bnsea

The parameters are very similar to the widget

  • ‘title’ => Can be used as a lead-in message, remember to wrap phrases in double-quotation marks
  • ‘show_alpha’ => false by default, use true to activate
  • ‘show_beta’ => false by default, use true to activate
  • ‘show_rc’ => false by default, use true to activate
  • ‘show_stable’ => false by default, use true to activate
  • ‘only_admin’ => false by default, use true to activate

NB: Custom CSS may be required when this shortcode is used with some Themes.


Q. Q: Why would I want to use this plugin / widget?
A. To show your faith in WordPress code and the developers who write it.

Q. Q: My custom styles are no working, what happened?
A. WordPress essentially removes the existing files and folders of a plugin and replaces them with the new updated package, including any custom stylesheet you may have added. This would remove you old customizations. To future proof these additions you can now use the /bns-customs/ folder (you may need to create this folder) under /wp-content/.



  • Released August 2015
  • Updated to use PHP5 constructor objects


  • Released May 2015
  • Added “BNS Early Adopter Update Message” function
  • Added better i18n support
  • Added default .po and en_CA translation files
  • Minor documentation updates
  • Removed extraneous comments and updated copyright years


  • Released November 2014
  • Changed textdomain to bns-early-adopter from bns-ea
  • Added sanity checks for BNS_CUSTOM_* define statements
  • Updated readme.txt tags* Updated readme.txt tags* Updated readme.txt tags


  • Released May 2014
  • Added optional shortcode_atts filter variable
  • Added plugin_data method
  • Added new FAQ referencing the /bns-customs/ folder location
  • Define location for BNS plugin customizations
  • Move to use generic folder for all “BNS” plugins to use
  • Updated required version of WordPress to 3.6
  • Updated compatibility version
  • Updated copyright years


  • Released December 2013
  • Code Reformatting and version compatibility update


  • Released July 2013
  • Corrected Administrator Only conditional and added admin only classes
  • Added filter for “Administrator ONLY View” text


  • Released April 2013
  • Fixed conditional logic used to display plugin
  • Refactored where $ea_display boolean value is set


  • Release February 2013
  • Added code block termination comments
  • Added more i18n compatibility
  • Change to PHP5 style class code format
  • Changed constructor function name (BNS_Early_Adopter_Widget) to __construct (i.e.: PHP5 code format)
  • Moved all code into class structure
  • Moved bnsea_display out of widget method
  • Pushed minimum required WordPress version to 3.2 to handle PHP5 requirement
  • Renamed BNSEA_Scripts_and_Styles to scripts_and_styles


  • Release November 2012
  • Documentation updates
  • Optimized output buffer code used in the shortcode function
  • Remove load_plugin_textdomain as redundant


  • Documentation updates
  • Programmatically add version number to enqueue calls


  • Compatible with WordPress 3.4.1


  • Fix issue of plugin not displaying with stable versions


  • Added margin: 0 to ‘h3.bnsea-output’
  • Updated screenshot


  • Added release candidate option


  • Added conditional display widget check: if no version is checked, or no matching version is found the widget will not be displayed.
  • Cleaned up grammar conditional statements
  • Added only show administrators option
  • Added shortcode support
  • Added screenshot of default widget option panel


  • Initial Release.

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